Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get in the Mood

Are you psyched for the holidays?  You can get into the spirit of the season in Paonia.  There's lots of spirit to share during December.  On the 2nd and 3rd you can do your Christmas shopping at the Holiday Art Fair sponsored by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.  There you'll find gifts ranging from hand-blown glass to live wreaths, beeswax candles, pottery and clothing items.  Then, after dinner at one of Paonia's fine restaurants, you can cross the street to the Paradise Theater and enjoy the Paonia Players' musical revue "Home for the Holidays".
Can't make it to Paonia the first weekend of the month?  Try the next weekend.  On Dec. 10th , noon to 5:00 p.m. you can attend the first annual Gingerbread Festival at the Blue Sage.  And, you can take in the free movie, Cars II, sponsored by the Paradise Theater and the Chamber of Commerce at 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.  Spend the night at a B&B, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, and let Handel put you in the Christmas mood Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11th.  The North Fork Community Chorus will present the Messiah at the the North Fork Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m.
For more information on these activities check the following websites.                      

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter Vacation at the Bross

This year I'm taking a winter vacation.  The Bross Hotel is closed until April 1, 2012.  But I encourage you to call and make your reservations for 2012.  I'll be happy to get you scheduled.  Remember, Paonia is in a "banana belt" and April is a great time to visit.  (We don't have a "mud" season.)  April is when the orchards and spring flowers are in bloom.  So come enjoy a taste of spring.  Late May and early June is the time to see the peonies and iris in bloom.  Then, by late June, the first cherries are ripe and the farm markets and wineries open.  July, August, September and October offer fruits, vegetables and wine to delight any gourmet. 

Agriculture is but one gift of the North Fork Valley.  Come enjoy the recreational opportunities, too - biking, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, etc.  And, the music and art.  There's something here for all interests and tastes.  So call now to make your 2012 reservations  -- 970-527-6776.

If you are looking for winter accommodations, I encourage you to try one of Paonia's other B&Bs.  You'll find them listed at

I look forward to seeing you again when warm weather returns and making your reservations in the meantime.  Just call me at 970-527-6776.

Slower, but Definitely Not Dead

Wintertime has arrived.  The activity level in Paonia may have slowed, but it's definitely not dead.  There are lots of reasons to spend time in the North Fork Valley.  Let me tell you about a few things happening at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.

     1.  Druha Trava Concert - The popular Czech bluegrass band returns for its fifth (?) concert in the past decade.  Nov. 5, 8 pm.          

     2.  Holiday Art Fair -  An opportunity to shop for unique artistic gifts.  Dec. 2 (3-8 pm) and Dec. 3 (9am-5pm)

     3.  Gingerbread Festival - Enter your decorated gingerbread house in the competition.  Need some tips on decorating?  Attend a workshop with award-winning Jennifer Dunn on Nov. 12th and 19th.  (Call the Blue Sage for particulars- 970-527-7243)  Then enter your creation in the Dec. 10th competition.

And, that's just a few things happening at the Blue Sage.  My next blog will highlight some other activities in the valley.